Coping with loss

If someone close to you has died from pancreatic cancer, it is natural to feel a range of emotions. There is support available to help you cope.

You may feel numb, exhausted or worried. You may be relieved that they are no longer suffering. You may have trouble sleeping or keep going over what happened in your mind. If everything happened very quickly, you might not have felt prepared or you might question why you didn’t have more time with your loved one.

What support is there to help with bereavement?

There is support available to help you deal with your emotions after your family member has died.

  • Hospices may offer support and counselling to you and your family, including young children.
  • Your GP may have details of local bereavement counsellors.
  • Maggie’s Centres and Cruse Bereavement Care offer bereavement support.
    Cruse Bereavement Care’s website,, provides information and support for young people who have been bereaved.
  • Winston’s Wish can provide support and information for bereaved children.
  • Riprap provides support for teenagers with a parent who has cancer.
  • The Compassionate Friends offers support to people who have lost a child of any age.

“My young daughter used our local hospice’s child bereavement service and I cannot praise them enough. Their expertise in a delicate matter was fantastic.”

Speak to our nurses

You can speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line if you need support after someone has died from pancreatic cancer.

Speak to our nurses
Specialist nurse, Lisa, talks on the phone to offer support.

“I saw a bereavement counsellor once before he died then again afterwards. Those two sessions were the most valuable as I felt I could "indulge" myself and not feel I needed to be "strong". I could cry and not worry that I might be worrying someone else.”

Published March 2018

Review date March 2020